New Retro Thriller coming to Steam in 2022

July 1, 2021 0 Written By: Other News

Escape a terrifying estate and rescue your fellow captives in The Tartarus Key

Developer Vertical Reach and publisher Armor Games Studios are very pleased to announce the hair-raising psychological thriller game The Tartarus Key on Steam.

Inspired by beloved thrillers such as Alone In The Dark and taking cues from escape-the-room puzzle games, The Tartarus Key drops players into the unfortunate shoes of Alex Young, a young woman who awakens to find herself locked inside a sprawling manor, seemingly under constant observation by a network of cameras.

However, it soon becomes clear that whoever is watching Alex from behind the lens is the least of her concerns in this house of tricks and shadows, and she’s not the only one being held captive… At the end of a portable radio is an unfamiliar voice, and the farther Alex goes, the stranger things become. So who – or what – lies at the heart of this mansion?

Players will make their way through the chilling manor, solving puzzles along the way. Alex’s fellow captives are also waiting to be found, and their survival will depend on choices made throughout the game.

With three unique endings to discover, The Tartarus Key encourages players to explore every corner of this bizarre place and discover the mysteries within as they try to find a way out.

“We’re hard at work making The Tartarus Key, and we hope you’ll enjoy its blend of authentic vibes and puzzles!” said Leonor Parra and Kevin Colegate of development team Vertical Reach.

The Tartarus Key will launch on PC via Steam in 2022.

About The Tartarus Key

Delve deep into the darkness of a mysterious mansion and puzzle out a way to escape the horror that lies within. As Alex Young, you awaken to find yourself trapped in a dark room – and your only guide: a cynical voice on the other end of a portable radio. As you move from room to room, solving puzzles and rescuing others like yourself, team up with everyone from a self-important conspiracy theorist to a detective with secrets of her own. It quickly becomes apparent that there is something truly rotten lurking at the heart of this place. But who – or what – lurks in the shadows of this mansion, monitoring your every move?

Inspired by the look and feel of classic horror games, The Tartarus Key serves up a mystery filled with twists and turns and more than a few deadly surprises. Rely on brains over brawn to help Alex survive, but beware – not everyone might make it out alive.


  • Escape a deadly mansion filled with dangerous traps, and rescue Alex’s fellow captives… or fail, and leave them to a grisly fate
  • Uncover three different endings, and dig to the heart of the mansion and the strange secrets it and your captors hold
  • Solve puzzles and challenges reminiscent of escape-the-room games in a variety of unsettling and bizarre scenarios
  • A tense, atmospheric adventure that relies on puzzles and plot instead of combat or chase sequences

About Vertical Reach

Leonor Parra is the founder of Vertical Reach and the artist making The Tartarus Key as atmospheric and unsettling as possible. Hates jump scares and vowed to make a game that’s downright spooky without them!

Kevin Colegate is the programmer in charge of making a game that plays as smoothly as you remember the classics being!

About Armor Games Studios

From its roots as a popular portal for online gaming, Armor Games Studios is a publisher that aims to work directly with and help foster talented indie developers to create unique and engaging games of all types for all platforms. For more information, visit, and follow the company on Twitter @ArmorGameStudio.

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